Chihuahuas 15, Oklahoma City Dodgers 8
Key Statistics: CF Brian O’Grady 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R; C Luis Campusano 2-for-4, HR (5), 2 RBI, 3 R; LF Robbie Podorsky 2-for-3, HR (2), 2 RBI, R, SB; 1B Patrick Kivlehan 3-for-5, HR (17), 3 RBI, 3 R; 3B Ivan Castillo 2-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R; RHP Jesse Scholtens (W, 3-6) 5 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 7 K; RHP Jordan Guerrero 2 IP, 0 H, BB
Prospect Watch: El Paso came roaring out of the gates, tallying seven runs in the first two innings to rout Oklahoma City at Southwest University Park. Five players turned in multi-hit performances, led by Patrick Kivlehan‘s three hit night. The 31-year-old connected for his 17th home run of the season, good for second in the Triple-A West. Kivlehan added a pair of singles to cap his evening and sports an OPS of .963 on the year. … It probably should not come as much of a surprise, but Brian O’Grady just continues to rake. The 29-year-old free agent signee blasted a pair of doubles as part of his own three hit performance, boosting his OPS to 1.026, fourth best in the circuit. Half of O’Grady’s 12 doubles have come in July. … Luis Campusano, coming off a strong month of June, added a pair of hits, including his fifth home run of the campaign. The 22-year-old Georgia native is off to a 8-for-18 start in July with four extra base hits. … Jesse Scholtens threw five innings to get the win for the Chihuahuas, scattering eight hits while striking out seven. The former Wright State hurler’s ERA sits at 5.77 in 2021. … Jordan Guerrero pitched two shutout innings in relief, the only pitcher on either side to not allow a base hit. The 24-year-old has premium velocity, but has been snakebitten by the long ball, giving up eight in just 26 innings of work.
Amarillo Sod Poodles 6, Missions 5 (11 innings)
Key Statistics: SS Eguy Rosario 2-for-4, 2 BB, SB, R; 1B Allen Córdoba 1-for-6, HR (3), 2 RBI, R; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 3 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Dylan Rheault 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 K; LHP James Reeves (BS, 1) 0.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB; LHP Joe Beimel (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R (1 ER), BB, K
Prospect Watch: The Missions lost a heartbreaker in extra innings, stranding the winning run at second to fall at home. The offense went 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position. … Eguy Rosario had a pair of base hits and added a pair of walks to help pace the offense. The versatile 21-year-old continues to get the lion’s share of time at shortstop in the absence of CJ Abrams, who is lost for the season. … Allen Córdoba‘s lone hit of the night came in the first inning, a two run blast that helped San Antonio to an early lead. The Panamanian has a .747 OPS so far in 2021. … Fred Schlichtholz got the spot start for the Missions after Reiss Knehr was a late scratch, tossing three innings. The Chula Vista native allowed only one earned run, striking out one. Joe Beimel took his first professional loss since 2017, as he was unable to preserve the tie in extra innings. The 44-year-old’s incredible comeback story will be something worth monitoring in the second half of the season.
TinCaps 5, Lake County Captains 4
Key Stats: LHP Ethan Elliott 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 BB RHP Jose Geraldo 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 K, 1 BB; RF Tirso Ornelas 3-for-3, HR (1), BB; LF Grant Little 2-for-4, 2 2B; CF Reinaldo Ilarraza 1-for-2, 2B, BB, SB (17)
With Kevin Charity and Ben Davey on-site in Fort Wayne, the TinCaps rallied for a win Thursday night.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 11, Storm 4
Key Statistics: 3B Euribiel Angeles 2-for-3, BB, R; RF Joshua Mears 1-for-3, HR (7), 2 RBI, BB; RHP Dwayne Matos (L, 0-2) 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R (4 ER), BB, 2 K; RHP Carlos Guarate 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Michell Miliano 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K
Prospect Watch: For the third consecutive night, Lake Elsinore’s pitching staff was battered as the Quakes won going away in Rancho Cucamonga. Storm starting pitcher Dwayne Matos went three innings, allowing four earned runs. The 20-year-old has been mostly limited to shorter stints this season, posting a 3.95 ERA. The lone pitcher to post a clean outing was Michell Miliano, who continues to strike out opposing hitters at an absurd pace. The 21-year-old from Santo Domingo added two more to the ledger, giving him 49 in just 23.2 innings. … Euribiel Angeles was the only Storm batter to log a multi-hit game, connecting for a pair of singles. The 19-year-old emerging prospect added a walk and is now hitting .353 in his first professional season stateside. … Joshua Mears blasted his seventh home run of the season in the eighth to close the book on the Lake Elsinore attack. The 20-year-old Kirkland, Washington native had been homerless since June 26th. Despite a near 50% strikeout rate, Mears has a .371 on base percentage in his first full season.
ACL Padres 12, Royals Gold 11
Key Statistics: LF Pierce Jones 3-for-4, 3B, 2 SB, 2 RBI, 4 R; 3B Anthony Nunez 2-for-4, 2B, SB, RBI, 2 R, BB; 2B Charlis Aquino 1-for-4, 2 RBI, R, BB; RHP Wilton Castillo 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 4 K; LHP Alexuan Vega (BS, 1) 1 IP, H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Alan Mundo (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 2 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: Offense was not at a premium in the desert as the ACL Padres notched their third win of the season. The two teams combined for a staggering 21 walks. … Pierce Jones paced the offense with an all-around performance, notching three hits, including a triple. The Chicago high school product added a pair of stolen bases for good measure. Jones, who turned 20 last month, was a 26th-round pick in 2019. … Fellow 2019 high school pick Anthony Nunez contributed a pair of hits while stealing his second base of the young campaign. Nunez, 19, is off to a .364 start in his return to Peoria. … Wilton Castillo got the starting assignment for the squad, throwing two efficient innings. The 6-foot-7 lefty from Havana, Cuba signed with the Padres last October. … Alan Mundo collected his first win in relief, despite allowing four runs in the eighth inning. The 21 year-old from Delicias, Mexico is seeing his first action since being sidelined in 2018.